Sunday, 1 April 2012

Finally the veggie patch gets overhauled

I just LOVE autumn as the weather is cool and crisp, the colours start to turn and the rain seems to be staying away for us to enjoy the sunshine again.  However there is so much to be doing in the gardens my place has sadly had to wait until last weekend that is. Firstly out came the weeds which were almost taller than me.  And next the raspberries.  I bought 3 small plants about 2 years ago and popped them in a lovely green pot in front of the carport (anything to hide that mess).  They have been growing at a very happy pace until someone (Mr R) backed into the pot and chipped it. So it was dumped at the very top of the vegetable patch which is shaded by the south side of the house until I finally got on with it.  I also admit I left it on it's side, abandoned and without food, love or attention

The raspberry of course had better ideas and had suckered through the bottom and had plans to dominate the entire patch.  And look it even produced some fruit!

It has now been divided into 4 pots on the deck with new and delicious soil.  A number of the canes have decided they aren't up for it and have died back but I think i will be able to coax them to grow with gusto.  I just have to think about a way of stopping the birds from eating them before me.  Has anyone grown raspberries in pots?  Have you got a good method of staking them up that looks cool?

The shoots from the sweet potato although it  looks a bit like a roasted chicken

So back to the patch.  I had a sweet potato that decided to throw some shoots.  Now I am not sure if I will be sorry about planting it as I have heard they can be quite a nuisance in the garden and take over.  But then I do have Jerusalem Artichokes that might just do the same thing.  Watch this space and see how much space I really end up with.

I also planted carrots (both purple and orange seeds, mixed lettuce, golden beetroot, brussel sprouts seeds, peas, sugar snaps, broad beans and sweet peas seed.  I nearly didn't get anything to plant as we had a council collection day (which included 2 sofas from V's 21st) and Mr R decided we didn't need all the plastic pots and clutter in the carport so thought he would put them out in the clear-out.  I found my seed tin sitting on the top of the pile with all my new seeds!  I nearly had nothing to plant.

All the peas soaking and the saved seed tin
Anyway i have yet to see any of my seeds come up.  But I must confess I have been flat out working those other gardens that help pay for mine that they have not been watered as well as they should.  Fingers crossed I will see signs of life this week so I can show you some updates.  Till then cheerio


  1. Well Well Well... look who I found :-)
    Hello Jen! Great Blog, I've put it in my Google Reader.

    1. ooo Google reader cool.
      Hope you have had a lovely Easter

  2. Interesting you're soaking your seeds in water. I soak nasturtium seeds but don't usually soak any others. The purple carrots sound good!

    1. Funny I don't really remember why I was told to soak all the pea family but they seem to be more reliable at starting. I am looking forward to those carrots getting bigger so I will post the results in a few months. I haven't ever soaked the nasturtium seeds, besides Mr R has banned them from my house (something about having the flowers in a salad as a child)

  3. Hi Jen, thanks for visiting my blog. Nice to find someone who also grows raspberries in pots. I stake mine with three very tall bamboo canes tied together at the top to form a pyramid. The birds don't seem to bother with my raspberries, they're too busy eating my blueberries.

    1. Hi Crystal. Well my mum was born in Leeds so it's lovely to see what is growing in your part of the world.

      Thanks for the tip on staking. Looks like I have some work to do today (thank heavens for Easter holidays). Have to say I have some problem with birds and the blueberries but then the dog loves them as well and he is just the right height to eat them, sigh. Still nothing more delicious than just picked blueberries